During the 1970s there was a renewed interest in Scandinavian-American music and culture. Entertainers such as Ted Johnson, Hjalmar Peterson and Charles G. Widdén were rediscovered, and songs from their repertoires appeared on new recordings by contemporary artists. Old-time music and humor were brought to life at ethnic celebrations in Minneapolis; Decorah, Iowa and elsewhere.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, also known as the West Bank, was for many years a colorful community with a large population of Scandinavian immigrants. The Norwegian author Knut Hamsun lived there during the 1880s and gave lectures at the newly constructed Dania Hall. The Norwegian-American author Ole Rolvaag wrote about life on the West Bank in his novel "The Boat of Longing".
The Snoose Boulevard Festival was held in the Cedar-Riverside area from 1972 through 1977. In the late 19th century Cedar Avenue became known as "Snoose Boulevard", a nickname often given to the main street in Scandinavian communities. The term derived from the residents' fondness for snus (snuff), an inexpensive form of tobacco. The event, which celebrated the neighborhood's Scandinavian past, featured the music, food, and arts of the immigrants who had once lived there. It also highlighted the careers of Hjalmar Peterson, Ernest and Clarence Iverson and Eleonora and Ethel Olson.
SONGS AND STORIES OF SNOOSE BOULEVARD — See image and text files for additional information — Tracks 01-74: various artists
LANGUAGES Tracks 01-29 Swedish Tracks 30-42 Norwegian Tracks 43-46 Danish Tracks 47-48 Finnish Tracks 49-56 English Tracks 57-69 Instrumentals Tracks 70-72 Swedish Tracks 73-74 English
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